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23rd week of our Journey - Natural growth - Living water

This week’s destination: LIVING WATER

MATERIALS: Empty bottles of water enough for each child, long piece of paper, coloured markers. Fill empty water bottles with pebbles, beads for second game.

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON:
Welcome Teacher/Trainers, Trainers and students. Give each child an empty bottle of water and give them a long piece of paper and markers to write and decorate the bottle with JESUS GIVES US LIVING WATER. Tape their piece of decorated paper onto the bottle to remember today's lesson. They can fill it with fresh water and take it to school to help then share this message with their school friends.

1. WELCOME GAME: (10 minutes)
Living Water Tag:
One child is ‘the catcher’ all the other children will run around the room as if they are swimming. If someone gets tagged they must sit down. In order for them to get back in the game someone must swim in a circle around them. The game is over whenever everyone has been tagged or whenever the teacher blows the whistle and stops the game. You may want to play several different rounds so that more children can be ‘the catcher’

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Fill empty water bottles with pebbles, beads etc to use as shack shacks.

Sing Deep and Wide: Divide the group into two teams (Use lyrics found in Visual Aid Manual)
(Lead team sings) Deep and wide, deep and wide.
(The other team sings )There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.
(Lead team sings) Deep and wide, deep and wide.
(The other team sings ) There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.
(Lead team sings) Wide and deep, wide and deep.
(The other team sings ) There’s a fountain flowing wide and deep.
(Lead team sings) Wide and deep, wide and deep.
(The other team sings ) There’s a fountain flowing wide and deep.
Lead team chooses how to sing each line eg softly, shouting, hopping, squatting etc

Optional: Deep and Wide Music video with motions

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)
"Deep Cries Out" (Use music video and lyrics in Visual Aid Manual)

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)
Let Your Living Water Flow (Use music video and lyrics in Visual Aid Manual)
The Well (Use music video and lyrics in Visual Aid Manual)

Prayer: Heavenly Father thank you for sending your Son Jesus that whoever believes in Him will be saved and rivers of living water will flow from within us.

5. TEACHING:
a. “Back Track”

We have been learning about light. Starting with In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis1: 1, 3)

Last week we learnt a man was sent from God as a for-runner to Jesus what was his name ? (John)
He came as a witness to testify about who? (Jesus the light)
Was John the light? (No he came only as a witness to the light)
Who do you think the true light is that the Bible said was coming into the world? (Jesus)
Can you remember the Bible verse (John 1: 6-9)

b. Sword Play (Give each child a Sword Play track to take home)
Ready…Swords up… John 7:38 … CHARGE
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. (John 7:38 NIV)

c. Teach the Lesson
Read John 4: 1-26

The part of the world where Jesus lived was very hot and dry. One day, as he was traveling through Samaria, Jesus passed through a small village Jacob's well was there and Jesus, hot and tired from the long walk, sat down beside the well about noontime to rest. Soon a Samaritan woman came to the well to fill her water jar. "Please give me a drink," Jesus said to the woman. The woman was shocked! You see, in those days a Jew wouldn't be caught dead talking to a Samaritan. "Why are you, a Jew, asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?"
Jesus answered, "If you knew who it is who is asking you for a drink, you would ask him for a drink and he would give you living water. Everyone who drinks from this well will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water that I give will never thirst." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming to this well to draw water."

Comparing Well water to Fountains of Living Water that Jesus was offering:

*Well water is good to drink when you're thirsty. But a Fountain of Living Water is for our thirsty souls. All of us are thirsty for God's love, His presence, His power.
* Well water is good for soaking hard things to soften them up such as a dry sponge. But a Fountain of Living Water softens up our hard hearts so it will absorb His love.
* Well water is good for putting out fires. But a Fountain of Living Water puts out fires of temptation in our hearts. All of us are tempted by Satan.
* Well water is good for washing. But a Fountain of Living Water washes our hearts that are dirty from sin. All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
* Well water is good for growing plants, trees and fruit. But a Fountain of Living Water makes our hearts grow and bloom with good deeds and mature fruit of the Spirit.
* Well water is good for floating and swimming. But a Fountain of Living Water floats our souls all the way up to heaven. All of us want to be in heaven with God one day. * Well water is still. But a Fountain of Living Water bubbles up within our hearts and overflows into our family, friends, school mates etc.
When Jesus offered living water to the woman at the well, He was offering her a new life, a Christian life. And He offers it to you and me. Do you want a Fountain of Living Water? I can't give it to you. Mom and Dad can't give it to you. The preachers in church can't give it to you. Only Jesus can give you a Living Water that lasts forever.

Optional: Sing Jesus is the Living Water (Use instrumental music video and lyrics from Visual Aid Manual)

6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD: Refer to our Encountering God Handbook for ideas for this important section of the session. Experience the Holy Spirit Learning Centers creating an atmosphere for this experience.

Encourage the children to come to the alter take time now to appreciate God’s presence and drink deeply of the living water. Allow His spirit to fill you afresh seeping deep into you reaching your very roots to help you grow.

CLOSING PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please give us Your living water, although we do not deserve it.
Make us fresh fountains of bubbly, living water, so we can share You with everyone. In Jesus name we pray.

TAKE HOME PAGE:
Optional: ‘Take Home Quiz’ books are available for the children at the end of this session.

NEXT WEEK: We may want to expand on this subject of Baptism and continue with the ‘Baptism Series’, however teacher may decide to teach this series later, if so we will be starting a brand new teaching series. We will be teaching you about the Trinity, Sowing the Jesus Seed and introducing you to a special seed – a Moringa seed.

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